FREE READ À The Chronicles of Corum


Volume twelve in The Eternal Champion series the Omnibus series p. The saga of Corum by Michael Moorcock covering six novels is perhaps the most satisfying of the Eternal Champion tales It has a distinct beginning middle and end It is the most cohesive and elegant of the Eternal Champion stories This volume is the final three books of Corum and happen some 80 years after the first three volumes in the saga While Corum is not my favorite Eternal Champion incarnation these three novels are perhaps my favorite collection in the Eternal Champion arc It is in many ways profound and somewhat scarier with the only hinted gigantic idiot demons the Fhoi Myore ruling much of the geography we're concerned with We have the usual sword and sorcery mayhem gore heroics dastardly deeds villains traitors There is also a distinct Celtic flare to these stories Moorcock manages to infuse a few interesting ideas into what on the surface appears to be pure swashbuckling fantasy He hints that the Fhoi Myore aren't really evil just screwed up because they got shoved through a crack in time space of the 15 planes and through no fault of their own ended up in a bad place for both them and the good guys of the story He intimates that in their own place and time they are uite happy and get along fine maybe aren't even mentally damaged Their deformities are legion perhaps due to the transition just as a caged animal is twisted and Moorcock often has Corum feeling sympathy for them as he sees some of himself a being caught in the wrong place and the wrong time in the hideous Fhoi Myore You see Corum is the last of the Vadagh race like a species that were all killed by the Mabden humans like us who are now the dominant species Corum is forced to befriend the Mabden both through romantic love and just through survival necessity He fights for the people that killed his race because he once loved a Mabden woman and because there ain't nobody else around to party with Corum being immortal is pragmatic There is also an underlying theme of destinyfate versus free will cause and chance The Fhoi Myore were not born evil unlike Tolkien's Orcs somehow genetically programmed to be evil but became mentally and physically deformed by passing between the planes of reality If they were home they'd be fine I'm having a hell of a time writing this as the kitten thinks that the mouse cursor keyboard screen and desk are strictly here for her amusement Where was I Oh yes fate Even Corum's actions and experiences are driven or revealed by prophecy in the end leaving little doubt that this is the only way it could be Most people are fooled into thinking this is a conventional epic tragedy when the real tragedy is on a different level All Corum's actions thoughts heroic deeds are foreordained indeed all the characters' good and evil are Is this just a clever thing inserted by Moorcock to comment on an author's relationship to his characters and work or is he trying to say something about the way the universe really is If so then good and evil are nonsense in a clockwork or scientifically constrained universe where everything can be traced back to an antecedent cause All this in a sword and sorcery yarn If you're Michael Moorcock hell yes

REVIEW The Chronicles of Corum

The Chronicles of CorumUblished in the United States by White Wolf Contents Foreword The. One of my all time favorite

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FREE READ À The Chronicles of Corum ñ Volume twelve in The Eternal Champion series the Omnibus series published in the United States by White Wolf Contents Foreword The Bull and the Spear The Oak and the Ram The Sword and the StallionBull and the Spear The Oak and the Ram The Sword and the Stallio. WARNING this review will probably contain SPOILERS for Corum The Prince in the Scarlet Robe being a direct seuelWhen we last left Corum he defeated the Sword Rulers and was living happily ever after with his human bride and the non psychotic humans fast forward 100 years Corum's beloved died of all age at 96 Corum grows distraught and increasingly melancholy drifting ever closer to madness Then as usually happens to the Eternal Champion he is summoned to another place and time In this case far into the future of the same world to fight with the descendants of his wife's people against the monsters from Limbo who use the elemental Cold to subdue humans and kill the world This is a very by the numbers straight up heroic fantasy with a heavy Celtic flavour Since the main villains are clear from the beginning the story is much grounded than The prince in the Scarlet Robe which was all over the place This time it's decently clear cut collect lost magical treasures use them to defeat evil The story is not without its twists and turns with a few cliches that will seem obvious to a modern reader but for the most part it's hard to call Corum's latest adventures anything original Unlike last time Corum is now a willing hero fully accepting of is role as the Eternal Champion which serves to make his character far less interesting instead of having Corum come to grips withchallenge his destiny this time he's being a rote hero with nary a complaint Although the story remains entertaining I feel that this Corum is little different from Hawkmoon who is the blandest hero in Moorcock's roster In terms of overall cosmology there's a few references to things happening in other continuities but they're uite brief Overall it's an okay book and if you're looking for a straight up heroic fantasy and have some reference points in Celtic mythology I don't it should be an enjoyable readPersonally I found it a bit disappointing as follow up to the original Corum trilogy 255